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Aronson, Sarah.
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011
IL 3-6, RL 5.2
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Ari Fish is a big believer in luck, even though he thinks he is the most unlucky person in the world.  All Ari wants is to be the goalie for his soccer team that is led by his best friend Mac.  Mac is the most athletic and in Ari’s opinion, luckiest guy around.  Together, they want to take their soccer team to the championship but when Parker Llweellyn decides to join the team their plans are threatened.  However, when Ari finds his soccer idol, Wayne Timcoe’s trading card he feels his luck changing.  Ari is playing greater than ever, but Parker is still challenging his position at goalie.  When Ari and Parker discover common ground Mac starts to get frustrated.  Soon, the Timcoe trading card disappears and Mac begins to doubt his skill without the luck that it offered.  Suspicions also start to surface as to who has taken the card, Mac or Parker.  With Ari stuck in the middle between his oldest friend and Parker things at home get tense when his older brothers wilderness fire fighting unit cannot be located.  This provides Mac with a chance to see the importance of character when dealing with friends.  Can luck and superstition sustains Ari when his brother is missing, his best friend deserts him and a girl is threatening to take his prized spot at goalie?  Read Beyond Lucky by Sarah Aronson to find out.  (Booktalk by the Sequoya Youth Book Award committee, 2014)

SUBJECTS:     Luck -- Fiction.
                        Self-confidence -- Fiction.
                        Soccer -- Fiction.
                        Heroes -- Fiction.
                        Teamwork (Sports) -- Fiction.
                        Brothers -- Fiction.
                        Jews -- United States -- Fiction.

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